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Outstanding Group of 100 Teens Selected from Among Thousands to Take Part in 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Jan. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Walt Disney World Resort revealed the 100 extraordinary youths from across the nation who will participate in the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine. Each student receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World to participate in an immersive, transformational four-day experience that will take place March 21-24.

100 students from across the U.S. just learned they have been selected to participate in the 12th annual Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine and will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World to participate in an immersive four-day mentorship program that will take place March 21-24, 2019.(Todd Anderson, photographer)

The program, now in its 12th year, is an important part of Disney's commitment to helping the next generation of young people by inspiring them at a critical time in their development. The Disney Dreamers Academy theme is "Be100," encouraging teens to be positive, to be "all in" and to carry what they learn back with them, so they can relentlessly pursue their dreams and make a difference in the lives of others.

"These students are in for a life-changing experience," said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World Resort vice president and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. "Our goal is to help them see the unlimited possibilities and to inspire them to achieve their full purpose. To become the heroes of their own stories."

Participating students, known as "Disney Dreamers," embark on a journey that takes them throughout the Disney theme parks and behind the scenes of this 40-square-mile vacation destination. Walt Disney World becomes a vibrant classroom where students discover new career opportunities, pursue their dreams and interact with Harvey and other celebrities and motivational speakers. Celebrities who have participated in the past include singers Patti LaBelle and Ne-Yo, NBA legend and business mogul Magic Johnson, gospel music star Yolanda Adams, actor Jussie Smollett, plus TV personalities such as celebrity chef Carla Hall and "Good Morning America'' co-anchor Michael Strahan.  

Additionally, students participate in immersive career-oriented workshops that range from animation to zoology. Each student is also given important life tools such as effective communication techniques, leadership skills and networking strategies.

"Having a dream is one of the most important things in life.  My success is a direct result of dreaming big," said Harvey. "It is my passion to help others dream bigger and to give them the tools to achieve those dreams.  That is why I enjoy partnering with Disney on this program every year."

Since 2008, Walt Disney World Resort has provided all-expenses-paid trips to more than 1,100 students, plus a parent or guardian, to participate in the annual Disney Dreamers Academy. Students are selected from thousands of applicants who answered a series of essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future.

"We have a remarkable group of students attending this year," said Michelle Ebanks, Chief Executive Officer of Essence Communications Inc. "At ESSENCE, we embrace the mission of inspiring the next generation of leaders, and we're looking forward to partnering with Disney once again to cultivate greatness in the 2019 class."

For more information, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Regular updates about Disney Dreamers Academy are also available on social media at Facebook.com/DisneyDreamersAcademy, Twitter.com/DreamersAcademy and Instagram.com/disneydreamersacademy.

The 100 students selected to participate in the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy are (listed by state):

First

Last

City

State

Holden

Dunlap

Abbeville

AL

Kendall

Moore

Mobile

AL

Cameron

Ware

Pinson

AL

Hannah

Irby

Tuscaloosa

AL

Hanna

Sha

Vestavia

AL

Pranav

Kishore

Elk Grove

CA

Monica

Tavassoli

Irvine

CA

Zac

Adler

Long Beach

CA

Gerard

Legaspi

Long Beach

CA

Rachel

Clinton

Manhattan Beach

CA

Reagan

Smith

Oceanside

CA

Karina

Garcia Ortiz

San Diego

CA

Jazmine

Livian

Spreckels

CA

Arianna

Cabada

Tustin

CA

Kieran

Doolabh

Danbury

CT

Lauren

Taylor

Washington

DC

Jacqueline

Means

Wilmington

DE

Julia

Shepherd

Apopka

FL

Marlon

Griggs

Jacksonville

FL

Faith

Daise

Kissimmee

FL

Anthony

Taylor

Miami

FL

Jonathan

Nabaka

Miami Beach

FL

Bransyl

Boston

Middleburg

FL

Gabrielle

Wright

Orlando

FL

Jalen

Sanders

Pinetta

FL

Kevant

Gross

Reddick

FL

Kendyll

Gabriel

Saint Johns

FL

Amiah

Adams

Saint Petersburg

FL

Grace

Allen

Windermere

FL

Anthony

Juba-Richardson

Winter Garden

FL

Mary

Yeboah

College Park

GA

Malik

Carter

Dallas

GA

Matthew

Jackson

Demorest

GA

Henry

Stephens iv

Grovetown

GA

April

Breedlove

Lithonia

GA

Benedict

Zuzi

Loganville

GA

Mikaela

Sanders

Mableton

GA

Devan

Smith

Marietta

GA

Makaya

Clinton

McDonough

GA

Caleb

Middleton

McDonough

GA

Patrice

Roberts

Smyrna

GA

Myles

Madden

Stockbridge

GA

Sean

Hanford

Stone Mountain

GA

Alanis

Broussard

Woodstock

GA

Isabel

Schwartz

Highland Park

IL

Yvette

Cabrera

Portage

IN

Akerth

Jain

Olathe

KS

Samantha

Gallant

Bedford

MA

Hannah

Goldman

Norton

MA

Gabrielle

Williams

Accokeek

MD

Iyana

Charles

Baltimore

MD

Mamaie

Evonlah

Germantown

MD

Lauryn

Howell

Upper Marlboro

MD

Ilyna

Fontaine

Waldorf

MD

Elizabeth

Bennett

Almont

MI

Sade

Ried

Detroit

MI

Alyse

Dees

Burnsville

MN

Benjamin

Walworth

Branson

MO

Kevin

Neely

Ferguson

MO

Sabrina

Baggstrom

Kirkwood

MO

Kyra

Moody

Ruleville

MS

Jasmine

Bell

Charlotte

NC

Nasir

Turnage

Greensboro

NC

Nicholas

Harvey III

Kinston

NC

Ashley

Ward

Wilson

NC

Andrew

Coates

Orange

NJ

Emmanuel

Lee

Teaneck

NJ

Roman

Jimenez

Las Vegas

NV

Aileen

Nieto Martinez

Bronx

NY

Alison

Parish

Bronx

NY

Tori

Manuel

Brooklyn

NY

Avaneque

Pennant

Hollis

NY

Meril

Mousoom

Jamaica

NY

Tianna

Gonzales

Lake Grove

NY

Kaiya

Simmons

Miller Place

NY

Katerina

Corr

New York

NY

Eason

Rytter

New York

NY

Kynnedy

Smith

Cleveland

OH

Gabrielle

Dennis

Toledo

OH

Bryson

Simpson

University Heights

OH

Liam

McGarry

Erie

PA

Mason

Hedge

Freedom

PA

Collin

Mentzer

Lebanon

PA

Jacques

Moye

Pittsburgh

PA

Jeffery

Feaster

Blair

SC

Anna

Zielke

Daniel Island

SC

Alyssa

Gottheiner

Manning

SC

Alexis

Clark

Myrtle Beach

SC

Kristen

Namminga

Avon

SD

Jasmine

Durham

Memphis

TN

Ian

McKenna Goncalo

Austin

TX

Lucas

Davis

Cibolo

TX

Frances

Rangel

El Paso

TX

Charlye

Jackson

Houston

TX

Gavin

Wiltshire

San Antonio

TX

Hanah

Lopez

Schertz

TX

Paige

Dawson

Layton

UT

Cristofer

O'Brien

Chesterfield

VA

Sabrina

Rittner

Lovettsville

VA

Piper

Vance

Nitro

WV

 

About Walt Disney World Resort/The Walt Disney Co.:
Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation center located at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 20 miles southwest of Orlando. The Walt Disney Co. has a rich legacy of creativity and exceptional storytelling that brings families together in unique and memorable ways. Creative excellence is coupled with a strong commitment to community service and diversity. The Walt Disney Co. is dedicated to making a positive impact in communities around the world, with a primary focus on brightening the lives of children.

About Steve Harvey:
Harvey is an author, actor, producer and comedian. Currently, he is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, "Steve Harvey Morning Show" as well as host and executive producer of multiple television shows including "Funderdome," "Family Feud," and "Steve."

About ESSENCE Communications Inc.:
ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the #1 media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online. The company's flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating brand extensions such as the ESSENCE Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, ESSENCE.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 45 years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of 14.1 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women's lives. Additional information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at www.essence.com.

(PRNewsfoto/Walt Disney World Resort)

SOURCE Walt Disney World


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